Category: News Analysis

A note on the oil and dollar rollercoaster

A note on the oil and dollar rollercoaster

October 7, 2014 |

As perhaps everyone has noticed, fuel prices are falling at the pump, and oil prices are falling in the trading pits in New York and around the world. Lots of factors are being cited — primarily falling demand, and the dismal European economy. A common theme in the discussion – that falling oil prices signal […]

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Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

September 11, 2014 |

It towers above the surrounding central Iowa countryside like the Launch Assembly Building lords it over Cape Canaveral — it’s the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, on the outskirts of the town of Nevada. Functional yet inspiring, imposing yet accessible — when it opens before year end 2014 it is sure to be a monumental addition […]

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Protected: SuperData Free Access

Protected: SuperData Free Access

December 24, 2013 |

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What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

November 12, 2013 |

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization I had the privilege of sitting in the Science, Space, & Technology Committee Room of the Rayburn House Office Building last month for the launch of the new Congressional Algae Caucus with its bi-partisan chairmen, Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona and Democrat Scott Peters of California. They, […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

Getting by with a little help from my friends

June 11, 2013 |

by Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization What’s the secret to commercializing a new technology? Recently Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, discussed how that program has an approximately 97% success rate, despite a few well-known failures. As the algae industry closes in on the launch of […]

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Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

December 17, 2012 |

By Douglas Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The International Energy Agency recently issued its World Energy Outlook 2012 with much press attention (and some misreporting), because of its dramatic projections about the emergence of new global energy landscape. Its main highlight: The U.S. could become, in less than a decade, the largest oil producer in the […]

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By-Products: The Key to Ethanol’s Struggles

By-Products: The Key to Ethanol’s Struggles

December 12, 2012 |

Ethanol’s Struggles Aside from the common “food vs. fuel” debate surrounding ethanol from corn, rising corn crop prices and slower rising ethanol prices has resulted in ethanol plants suffering significant net losses. Ethanol producers have to find additional revenue streams from the total product of their production process including by-products, such as CO2 which unlike […]

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Novozymes joins, invests in Maabjerg Energy Concept, a new industrial energy system

Novozymes joins, invests in Maabjerg Energy Concept, a new industrial energy system

April 26, 2012 |

Finding synergy between biogas, ethanol and power generation – the Maabjerg Energy Concept promises a new approach to energy economics and sustainability, through the capture and re-purpose of industrial byproducts. On a cold, rainy day, 29 months ago, along the windswept shores of Zealand, the Danish central island where Copenhagen makes its home on the […]

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A Bright Future for the Waste Conversion Market in the US

A Bright Future for the Waste Conversion Market in the US

April 23, 2012 |

[Press release] April 16 – Early leaders of the waste conversion market are at the forefront of an incredibly lucrative opportunity, states new research. The drive towards renewable energy targets makes the need for waste management much less a trend, more an inevitability. Despite public opinion backlash and perceived risk profiles, this year, Waste Conversion […]

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Falling natural gas prices and the bio-based opportunity

Falling natural gas prices and the bio-based opportunity

April 20, 2012 |

Think that falling natural gas prices mean bad news for bio-based technologies? Don’t bet on it. There’s opportunity in there. On the chance that you were engaged in interstellar travel, or cryogenically frozen, over the past two years – US natural gas prices and global oil prices have completely decoupled, for the first time in […]

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